Visit thinkingiq.com for a printout of some adorable writing prompts and activities to encourage gratitude in children.
on Thursday November 21
Here's a great visual for teaching diversity from kidsactivitiesblog.com. With a brown egg and a white egg, you can talk about how even though people have different appearances and cultural differences, we're all the same on the inside.
on Wednesday November 6
Help train your child's inner voice with these positive daily affirmations for kids. Visit playfullearning.net for the free printables, then place them around the house where your child will find them throughout the day.
on Thursday October 24
The best way to teach your child kindness is to show it to them yourself. Here is a fantastic list of 100 ideas from creativewithkids.com.
Tell your child:
1. I love you.
2. I love you no matter what.
3. I love you even when you are angry at me.
4. I love you even when I am angry with you.
5. I love you when you are far way. My love for you can reach you wherever you are.
6. If I could pick any 4 year old (5 year old, 6 year old…) in the whole wide world, I’d pick you.
7. I love you to the moon and then around the stars and back again.
8. Thank you.
9. I enjoyed playing with you today.
10. My favorite part of the day was when I was with you and we _______.
11. The story of their birth or adoption.
12. About how you cuddled them when they were a baby.
13. The story of their name.
14. A story about yourself when you were their age.
15. The story of how their grandparents met.
16. What your favorite color is.
17. That sometimes you struggle too.
18. That when you’re holding hands and you give three squeezes, it’s a secret code that means, “I love you”.
19. What the plan is.
20. What you’re doing right now.
22. Hop Scotch
23. Board Games
24. Hide & Seek
25. Simon Says
26. Twenty Questions
27. I Spy on long car rides
29. To catch their kiss and put it on your cheek.
30. That their tickle tank is empty and you have to fill it.
31. That their high five is so powerful it nearly knocks you over.
32. That you are super ticklish.
33. That you are explorers in the amazing world of your own backyard.
34. That it’s party day!
35. To get enough sleep.
36. To drink enough water.
37. To eat decent food.
38. Dressing in a way that makes you feel confident and comfortable.
39. Calling a friend the next time you feel like you are about to lose it with the kids.
40. Giving a gentle touch to show approval.
41. Dancing in the kitchen.
42. To get your kids to bop to the music with you in the car.
43. Showing your kids that you can do a somersault or handstand or a cartwheel.
44. Keeping the sigh to yourself.
45. Using a kind voice, even if you have to fake it.
46. A book of silly poems.
47. A story and then act out the plot.
48. Your favorite childhood book to them.
49. When the afternoon is starting to go astray.
50. Outside under a tree.
51. In the library kids corner.
52. The comic book they love that you’re not so hot on.
53. About age appropriate behavior so you can keep your expectations realistic.
54. To your child in the car.
55. To silly songs together.
56. For that question that means your child really needs your input.
57. One second longer than you think you have patience for.
58. For the feelings behind your child’s words.
59. Why do you think that happens?
60. What do you think would happen if______?
61. How shall we find out?
62. What are you thinking about?
63. What was your favorite part of the day?
64. What do you think this tastes like?
65. Your child how to do something instead of banning them from it.
66. How to whistle with a blade of grass.
67. How to shuffle cards- make a bridge if you can!
68. How to cut food.
69. How to fold laundry.
70. How to look up information when you don’t know the answer.
71. Affection to your spouse.
72. That taking care of yourself is important.
73. To watch construction sites.
74. To look at the birds.
75. To let your child pour ingredients into the bowl.
76. To walk places together.
77. To dig in the dirt together.
78. To do a task at your child’s pace.
79. To just sit with your child while they play.
80. That your child is capable.
81. That you are the right parent for your child.
82. That you are enough.
83. That you can do what is right for your family.
84. Clean your child’s room as a surprise.
85. Put chocolate chips in the pancakes.
86. Put a love note in their lunch.
87. Make their snack into a smiley face shape.
88. Make sound effects while you help them do something.
89. Sit on the floor with them to play.
90. Of the guilt.
91. Of how you thought it was going to be.
92. Of your need to be right.
93. A kind look.
94. A smile when your child walks into the room.
95. A kind touch back when your child touches you.
96. The chance to connect before you correct so that your child can actually hear your words.
97. Your child a chance to work out their frustrations before helping them.
98. A bath when the day feels long.
99. A hug.
100. You get to choose the next one! What is your favorite way to be kind to your child?
on Tuesday September 24
Here's a great blog post from teach-from-the-heart.blogspot.com that can help children understand about fairness:
"When I was student teaching in third grade, there was a major epidemic of claiming that things in the class weren't "fair". As any of you who are teachers or have kids of your own know, the kiddos think that it's just not fair if they don't get the best of everything! I saw this idea in various posts on Pinterest and decided to try it out! I had the students sit in a circle on the rug, close their eyes, and imagine that they had an injury somewhere on their body. I received several "but why?"s and curious glances, but they were good sports and went along with it. I then called each student up to the rocking chair one at a time and asked them where their pretend injury was. After each student answered, I placed a band-aid on the back of their hand without explanation. One student said she had a broken arm...and she got a band-aid on her hand. One boy said he had a "terrible horrible cut" on his leg....he got a band-aid on his hand. The kiddos all whispered to each other about what was happening, but never asked a question."
"After the last student received his band-aid and sat down, a little girl said "Miss Hunt, how come I said my knee had a bruise but you didn't put the band-aid there? I wanted it on my knee! This just isn't fair!" DING DING DING! That's exactly what I was hoping for! I responded, "but why isn't it fair? Everyone got a band-aid didn't they?" A boy said, "Well YEAH, but what good is it if it's not where I needed it:?" This activity worked out so much better than I expected! We then launched into a long discussion about what fair truly means. One student summed it up best when she said "So maybe fair isn't when everyone gets the same thing...it's when everyone gets just what they need!"
on Thursday July 25
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on Wednesday May 29 at 10:49AM
Here's a great article from tutoringinthetriangle.com on giving your child the tools necessary to stand up for themselves. It's not easy for kids, but these are good places to start.
1. Giving Words – Many children don’t know the words to use when they disagree or want out of a situation. Watch a movie or TV show together (or read a book!) and talk about how the characters handled the situation and words used. Then talk about other options together.
2. Catch It Early – Expect your child to have trouble standing up for themselves. Children aren’t always ready and able at the age of 3 to know how to handle situations. Talk with them about how to say no, walk away, use words, and explain their needs to adults. Children need to know how to talk to adults when they are uncomfortable with a situation as much as they need to talk to peers.
3. Provide an Example – Give an example of when you successfully (or unsuccessfully) did not stand up for yourself as a child. Talk about your emotions and reactions to what happened and that you know it can be difficult or frustrating. Show real time examples of you standing up for yourself.
4. Give Child Decisions – When children never have the opportunity to make decisions in situations, they often continue a helpless pattern as teens and adults. By asking your child to decide about simple things like clothes to wear, the order to do chores, and how to spend their money on vacation, you give them the ability and practice to make decisions and explaining why. By explaining why to adults, they often have to give words and reasoning that will be helpful later in life when they talk with college professors and colleagues.
5. Discourage Peer Worship – Most parents know what happened to Britney Spears and as sad as her story was, it can be even more important to think about what happened to Britney’s young fans along the way. It’s great to watch young children enjoy shows and friends, but when you see children doing it “only because Miley Cyrus is doing it,” you may have some issues. Teach your children that they are just people, too, and talk about the decisions you see the peer or pop star make.
6. Teach them to Advocate – Ever since I was young, I was taught that I needed to stand up for myself. I remember in the 6thgrade, I went to the principal because I did not want to attend a special class because I fundamentally disagreed with it. If my 3-year-old wants a cookie at the bakery at the local store, he needs to ask. If he doesn’t ask, he doesn’t get a cookie. Teach them early how to advocate with others and you have just taught a skill for life.
7. Give Them an Out – In my family, one rule about going to friend’s houses was known by all of us. If you ever were uncomfortable or didn’t like what was happening at the house, just call home and we would be picked up. Sometimes situations are too overwhelming or challenging for young children and teens and they need to know they have a safe place to fall. Teach them the lines, “We don’t do that at our house” or “My mom won’t let me” so your children know they have an out if nothing works.
on Tuesday April 30 at 11:33AM
Bullying has been a hot topic in schools for the last few years. Did you know that there is a government website dedicated to stopping the harmful effects of bullying? Stopbullying.gov is a great resource that addresses the following topics: What is bullying?, Cyberbullying, Who is at risk, Preventing bullying, Responding to Bullying, and How to get help. Take a look!
on Thursday April 18 at 10:41AM
Kidsactivitiesblog.com has some great ideas for teaching children to be good friends. Here are a few key points. Hop on over to their site for the full article.
1. Clearly explain what good friends do:
Remember important things (birthdays, accomplishments, etc.)
Do kind things for one another and use kind language.
Help out when a friend is sad or has a problem.
Like to spend time together.
Have fun with one another.
2. Read books about friendship.
(like the Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobe or the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems)
3. Role play how to be a good friend.
4. Set a good example and be a good friend yourself.
5. Spend time with friends and new people.
on Friday February 22 at 08:56AM
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